War of the Rebellion: Serial 065 Page 0643 Chapter XLVII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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CHARLESTON, S. C., February 26, 1864.

Brigadier General H. W. MERCER,

Savannah, Ga.:

Send to Florida that company of the Siege Train that has the two rifled guns complete.

By command of General Beauregard:

JNO. M. OTEY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CHARLESTON, S. C., February 26, 1864.

Brigadier General H. W. MERCER,

Savannah, Ga.:

If the two regiments lately sent you (the Twenty-sixth Virginia and the Holcombe Legion), are not absolutely needed by you, order them to proceed at once to Lake City, Fla., and report to Brigadier-General Taliaferro.

By command of General Beauregard:

JNO. M. OTEY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CHARLESTON, S. C., February 26, 1864.

Brigadier General H. W. MERCER,

Savannah, Ga.:

Send the Twenty-sixth Virginia Volunteers to Florida. Hold the Holcombe Legion until further orders. Use the special train if needed.

By command of General Beauregard:

JNO. M. OTEY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CHARLESTON, S. C., February 26, 1864.

Brigadier General H. W. MERCER,

Savannah, Ga.:

The Twenty-sixth Virginia Volunteers must go to Florida as ordered. By command of General Beauregard:

JNO. M. OTEY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CHARLESTON, S. C., February 26, 1864.

Major General J. PATTON ANDERSON,

Lake City, Fla.:

Assume command of the forces in Florida. Troops en route will form another brigade, which, with Finegan's, will give a division to General Gardner, if he feels able to take the field. I expect to be with you soon.

G. T. BEAUREGARD,

General, Commanding.